Somerset Community Foundation invites bids for a Research Project to help focus the delivery of the £9 million Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund (deadline for proposals: 21st June 2024)

Somerset Community Foundation is currently inviting organisations to bid for a research project. The aim of the research is to help the Foundation focus the delivery of the remaining £9 million from the Hinkley Point C (HPC) Community Fund, its largest stand-alone grant programme.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 21st June 2024

Somerset Community Foundation expects this work to cost around £50,000 (inclusive of VAT). In addition, the successful applicants will have up to £5,000 to pay £250 a day for the time of non-profit organisations to engage in the work.

The outputs of the required work is open to negotiation. The Foundation is keen to work with the successful bidder to agree clear outputs for the project, but at this point the desired outputs are

o A stock take of what the Foundation already knows and what it doesn’t know.
o A process to bring people together to think about the future and consider how different types of investment might achieve a lasting legacy.
o A method of collating and reporting the results to everyone. This might include both technical reports and accessible formats as well as presentations, and
o A set of recommendations to help the Foundation reposition the Fund for the future.

Bidders must:                                                                                             

o Be insured (£250,000 professional indemnity, £5 million public liability, £10 million employers liability).
o Provide up-to-date financial information showing a going concern. and
o Provide privacy, safeguarding, equality, diversity and inclusion, and GDPR policies. 

In addition, the Foundation expects bidders to have experience of:

o Delivering community consultation exercises, including equality impact assessments.
o Engaging a wide range of stakeholders, including those with additional communication needs, and
o Working in partnership with a range of public, private, and charitable organisations.

It may also be desirable for those bidding for the contract have experience of evaluating community impacts of large-scale engineering projects, although this is not essential.

Please note that joint/partnership bids involving both national and local partners are particularly encouraged, and will likely favour such approaches over those from a single bidder.

If you believe you meet these requirements, then the Foundation would love to hear from you.

If you’re interested in responding, please email no more than 1 page by Friday 21st June 2024  to explaining who you are and why you think you’d be great for this project.

Further information can be found on the Somerset Community Foundation website.

The contact for this research opportunity is:

Andrew Ridgewell
Programme Director
Contact number: 01749 597129